Friday, October 24, 2008

This ... and These ...

One of last year's students made 'This Little Pig' sculpture from Rod's Mix clay and never returned for it. I decided to glaze 'This Little Pig' because he has so much personality. Notice how the front feet look like he is walking. He's walking so fast he's almost falling forward, but not quite. 'This Little Pig' measures 2.5 high by 2 inches wide by 4.25 long and is glazed with an orange shino glaze.

In a previous post, I showed you some of the large crosses I made. My large crosses are popular and folks were always saying to me, "You should make some of 'These Crosses' as pendants". So that's just what I did. 'These Crosses' are meant to be rustic, like they weathered over time, from the earth and returning to the earth. I wanted them to look as though they were, perhaps, uncovered from an archaeological dig.

These rustic crosses are made with black stoneware clay and glazed with a thin coat of translucent glaze, which lets the dark clay show through, as if paint had been worn off of them over time. The largest of the rustic crosses measures 3.25 by 2.25 inches and the smallest measures 2.25 by 1.25 inches. I plan on sanding the backs and will attach them to some leather cord.

Meanwhile, I am in the process of developing a pendant card or tag. I want to be able to attach my pendants to the card and display them in various ways. Stay tuned for my next post where I'll talk about my design process. I'd love to hear any ideas you've seen or know on how to make cards or tags for pendants, earrings, or jewelry display. I am hoping to design something I can print right here on my own printer.


  1. I purchased wrought iron stands to sell my jewelry. I have seen people use unique business cards to attach to their pieces as a backing which is very eye catching.

  2. Hi Gary, I thought you'd like the pig, in fact I thought of you and your unique pottery as I was glazing him.

    Hi Cynthia, Thanks, those wrought iron stand come in handy for platters too. I was thinking of a card I can attach the pendants to and then hang them from a display. I am still working on the design.

  3. Thank you for sharing Linda! I enjoy reading your blog. I have often thought of shatching some of those long abandoned pieces in the studio!

  4. Hi Chris, we can only keep them so long and then we run out of space and destroy them. If they are unique, I'll glaze them and keep them around a while longer in hopes the owner will return. They usually don't. If they don't return I give them away or they are donated to the art club to sell to raise funds for supplies.


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